Superstar Usher's Stepson Reported Brain Dead After Lanier Collision

The entertainer reportedly visited the Atlanta-area hospital Saturday.

Updated 7:20 p.m.

The stepson of superstar entertainer Usher is reported brain dead after a recent collision on Lake Lanier, according to a media report.

The entertainment website TMZ.com reported that Kyle Glover, 11, has been declared brain dead by doctors, but no decision has been made whether to take him off life support.

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Usher, a Johns Creek resident, reportedly visited his stepson in the hospital in Atlanta on Saturday. Tameka Foster, Glover's mother and Usher's estranged wife, has not left the hospital since she got there. The entertainer chartered a plane for her to be with Glover after the accident.

The collision was reported Friday. Department of Natural Resources officials said Glover and a 15 year old girl were in an inner tube and being pulled by a boat when they were struck by a jet ski. The man piloting the personal watercraft reportedly was a part of the party with the youths.

Glover and the girl were life-flighted to Egleston Hospital after the incident Friday.

Fox5 Atlanta reported that two Department of Natural Resources rangers reportedly witnessed the event. They said the jet ski driver, a 38-year-old man, was with a large group of family and friends that included the children. The group had rented two jet skis and a pontoon boat for the day.

"It looks like they were trying to have a day on the lake and have a good time, but obviously something went wrong and two kids got run over," said Sgt. Mike Burgamy with the Department of Natural Resources.

Somehow the jet ski drove over the inner tube, which the children were in. The rangers and other witnesses assisted in rescuing the children.

"They saw the personal watercraft running around, saw the pontoon and tuber and the next thing they saw was the personal watercraft went right over the two kids on the tube," said Burgamy.

This is the second collision on Lake Lanier since June 18 to cause at least serious injury to youths. Buford brothers Griffin and Jake Prince were killed when a boat rammed into the pontoon boat being piloted by the Princes' father. Their funeral was July 3 in Suwanee.

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Lorraine Carson July 09, 2012 at 04:19 PM
To your family...My heart & my prayers go out to you.
Larry July 09, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Living on Lake Lanier has become a no-man's land for jet skiers-----I have personally observed young kids (14-17 year olds) flying down the lake with the throttle wide open to see how fast the machine could go, without due regards to their and other boaters safety. I had one jet ski on the 4th of July fly within ten feet of me with two young adults (15yo) on it, with throttle wide open; even though there was three hundred feet between me and the shore. I have also seen adults riding on jet ski doing donuts and jumps, tight turns in front of boats and around downed skiers in the water. I had one on July 4th also cut across all lanes of boating traffic, as he was talking on his cell phone (and you thought driving a car, while on a phone was dangerous enough). Operators of jet ski should be made to take the boaters safety course, just like anyone else or better yet---ban the machines from the lake.
Nesha July 09, 2012 at 09:16 PM
I am 17 and I've heard about the story containing usher's stepson. My prayers go out to there family. I feel like the lake should be closed down not just because of that one incident but because of All the lives that has been taken while being at that lake . Instead of being greedy and collecting money , you should make sure the lake is secure for people to attend. Instead of the string that connects to the inner tube be a black color it shoul be a more brighter and noticeable color so people on jet skis can be more alarmed when someone is on an inner tube . Another thing, they should have different locations for jet skiing , lounging on the inner tubes , and swimming . From what I'm hearing the lake itself is not balanced .
rick July 09, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I don't even know where to begin. At least Nesha is not voting, yet.
Joey July 10, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Tragedy is not easy to sort out in our minds, yet is part of our lives. Almost every activity can be dangerous when all safety measures are not met. Lake activities are inherently dangerous even when all safety measures are abided. What we can do is make any lake incident a call to action to aid and educate those we can, and encourage others to do the same.
Erica Rocker July 10, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Lake Lanier is swamped in tragedy year after year during the warm months. I love the family life activities they have added there, but there is a reason why so many deaths are there each year - its due to slack boating laws and slack rules regarding operating machinery on the water. People are not getttng just hurt they are getting killed. Wake up Lanier Staff, create some regulations quick so that this weekend another kid or adult wont zip around a murky lake at 50 mph and kill someone.
rick July 10, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Yeah, let's take the liberal route and assume that people are not responsible enough to make decisions and put those decisions in the hands of the governmnt.
Antoine Lawless July 11, 2012 at 10:50 AM
Rick, youre an idiot...it's obvious that there is a blatant disregard for pudency in those operating these craft, limited or no skills and training and obviously no rules on the lake for reasonable safeguards. We would not want motorcyclists pulling donuts in front of cars anymore than we want jetskis to dothe same in front of boats.....so may be time for some well thought rules to be promulgated. Next time it could be you or yours that is struck....
Steve Burns (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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Laura Cofman July 11, 2012 at 01:47 PM
This may never happen but I think that if it were possible for a lake such as Lake Lanier to become privately owned, safety could greatly improve. It has been done with state parks in Georgia. Stone Mountain Park, which surrounds the Confederate Memorial, is owned by the state of Georgia and managed by the Stone Mountain Memorial Association, a Georgia state authority. The Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation currently has a long-term contract to operate park attractions while the Stone Mountain Memorial Association retains ownership and the right to reject any project deemed unfit. If Lake Lanier had another entity running the day to day operations, it may save lives. Thoughts?


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